Hyundai has revealed its Elevate ‘Ultimate Mobility Vehicle’ (UMV) concept at CES in Las Vegas. A high-tech robot/car hybrid, the machine was shown in animated and scale model form only.
Designed to go places that regular vehicles can’t, the concept also showcases Hyundai’s engineering prowess, and foreshadows a future in which we expect a lot more from our mobility options. Whether scaling mountainous terrain, performing search and rescue, or dropping off disabled people directly to their doorstep, we seem to be entering a brave new world, or at least the concept of one.
“When a tsunami or earthquake hits, current rescue vehicles can only deliver first responders to the edge of the debris field. They have to go the rest of the way by foot,” says Hyundai vice president John Suh. “Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete.”